Leo A. “Sonny” Molter Jr. passed away in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on May 9, 2021 at the age of 88.
He was a graduate of Fitchburg Vocational High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Germany.
Sonny was proud to raise his family in the same Fitchburg home he was raised near the Sulin family farm. He grew up working on the farm and in the family businesses ,Molter Transport and then Gerrard Transport. He was a key part of the companies, both driving and repairing the fleet. Later in his life he was head of maintenance for Shepards Express in Leominster, Mass. before he and his wife Louise purchased land and began their own family business, Sonny’s Trailer Repairs in Lunenburg, Mass. He ran Sonny’s until his retirement, holding true to their slogan “Service is our Success.”
Sonny was an automotive enthusiast; buying, restoring, modifying and selling cars and trucks throughout his lifetime. In particular he was known for rebuilding Ford Model A’s from the 1930s.
He was an amazing Dad and Gramps with many talents including carpentry, plumbing and electrical. He shared his knowledge with anyone who asked. He will be missed by many.
Always planning ahead in business and family, Sonny was often heard saying “we’ll go from there.”
When Sonny was young, his family started summer vacations in Maine that lead to his purchase of an old cottage at Ocean Point, Maine, which he rebuilt himself. He enjoyed his seasonal homes there surrounded by family and the ocean, especially driving his antique trucks in the “Horribles” parade.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 67 years, Louise (Saulnier) Molter; his son, Leo A. “Butch”Molter III and his wife Bethany; his daughter, Lois “Cricket” (Molter) Haley and her husband Thomas; three grandchildren, Todd Molter, Erin (Molter) McKechnie, and Kevin Haley; three great grandchildren; his sister, Jean (Molter) Larkin; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Leo A. Molter Sr. and Celia (Sulin) Molter, and his sister Sandra (Molter) Demers.
At his request there are no planned funeral services or calling hours.
The Lavery Chartrand Alario Funeral Home, 99 Summer St., Fitchburg, Mass. is directing.